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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Call for Papers: Improving Reproductive Health Among Vulnerable Women

Women who are members of vulnerable populations based on limited income, or demographic characteristics such as age, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or sexual preference, religion, disability, or lack of insurance are at increased risk of receiving disparate medical care.

In this Contraception and Reproductive Medicine Thematic Series, Improving Reproductive Health Among Vulnerable Women, our objective is to identify innovative and effective strategies to address the disparities in reproductive health care among vulnerable women. 

The series will be guest-edited by Dr. Nahla Abdel-Tawab director of the Population Council's Egypt office We would like to open this series to any authors interested in submitting papers.

Submit here:

Announcing the launch of In Review

In Review

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication

Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review

Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 


Aims and scope

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is an online, open-access, peer reviewed journal that is designed to promote the advancement of contraceptive technology particularly in the areas of education, effectiveness, safety, research interest, improved or new technologies, non-contraceptive benefits, and long-term health. The journal publishes articles on all areas of female and male contraceptive technology, clinical and basic trials, meta-analyses, reviews, international submissions, and editorials. All manuscripts submitted to Contraception and Reproductive Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is affiliated with the CROWN initiative, Core Outcomes in Women’s Health. CROWN is an international initiative, led by journal editors, to harmonise outcome reporting in women’s health research. We are coming together to address the widespread, unwarranted variation in reporting of outcomes. CROWN’s main aim is to encourage researchers to report core outcome sets for key conditions in women’s health.

About the Editors

Dr. Alicia Christy, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Alicia Christy is a veteran and former Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After leaving the military, Dr. Christy joined the staff at the National Institutes of Health. While at NIH she was involved in leiomyoma, health disparity and contraceptive research. In 2016, Dr. Christy joined the Veterans Health Administration as Deputy Director, Reproductive Health. She supports the portfolio addressing Veterans reproductive health priorities across the life course.  She holds the rank of professor at the Uniformed Services University,and the rank of adjunct professor at Howard University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

She has authored more than 75 manuscripts and 12 book chapters. She is the editor of Contraception: Unmet Needs, Current Options and New Technologies, which was published in 2015. She holds the rank of Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and she is an adjunct Professor at Howard University.

Dr. Donna Shoupe, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Donna Shoupe is a graduate of Massachusetts institute of Technology and the Ohio State School of Medicine. Her interest in contraceptive technology began while studying biology at MIT and it continued to grow throughout medical school and during her residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles.She was appointed as an Assistant Professor following her REI fellowship and was advanced to Professor in 2004. She has published 80 peer-review papers and has edited 7 books including 4 on contraception.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    134 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    114 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    220 days from submission to acceptance
    28 days from acceptance to publication

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